Customize your child’s experience on YouTube Kids

In addition to using parental controls and settings, you can sign in to the YouTube Kids app to block channels or turn on YouTube Premium benefits. You can also sign in to YouTube using your linked parent account to:

  • Block content, or
  • Share content from YouTube to your child's YouTube Kids profile.
You can also report videos that you find inappropriate in the YouTube Kids app. The YouTube policy team will review the videos. If you’re signed in when you report a video, it’s also blocked from the YouTube Kids app when you’re signed in.

Sign in to the YouTube app to customize content

Share content

You can share channels and videos from the YouTube app to your child’s YouTube Kids account. Sharing videos from the YouTube app allows your child to watch videos that may not be available with the YouTube Kids content setting. Shared content will remain on your child's home screen until it's unshared or blocked.

Tip: You can use the sharing feature to customize the content that shows up on your child's home screen.

Share content from YouTube to your child’s YouTube Kids experience

Note: To use the sharing feature, you must be signed in with the Google Account linked to your child's supervised Google Account or YouTube Kids profile. This feature is only available on the YouTube app on mobile devices.

Share content from YouTube using your linked parent account

To share content from the YouTube app:

  1. Tap More next to any video or channel page you’d like to share, OR under the video player, tap SHARE .
  2. In the dialog, tap With kids. This option will only surface if your account is linked to a YouTube Kids profile or a supervised Google Account.
  3. Tap the SHARE button next to the Kids profile you want to share the video to.
  4. When the button changes to "UNSHARE," you can tap Done to exit the dialog.

Your child can view shared content under the Shared tab on the YouTube Kids Home screen.

Even though you may want to, there are certain videos or channels you can’t share with your kid’s account:

  • Age restricted videos
  • Videos with paid product placement
  • Live videos (available to share once the live stream is over)
  • Purchased content
  • Videos and channels that you’ve previously blocked in YouTube Kids for that child
  • Shorts

Unshare content you've previously shared with your child

To remove content, you’ve previously shared with your child:
  1.  Sign in to YouTube Kids.
  2. Click or tap on the Shared tab. This tab will show the content you’ve shared with your child.
  3. Block any content you no longer want your child to view.

OR

  1. Sign in to the YouTube app.
  2. Go to the specific channel or video you’ve shared with your child previously.
  3. Tap More next to the video or channel, OR
    1. Under the video player, tap Share .
  4. In the dialog, tap With Kids. This option will only surface if your account is linked to a YouTube Kids profile or a supervised Google Account.
  5. Tap the UNSHARE button next to the child you want to unshare the video with.
  6. When the button changes to “SHARE” you can tap Done to exit the dialog.

Block channels from YouTube

When you block a channel for your child’s YouTube Kids profile using your linked parent account, you won't find it in YouTube Kids.

If you set up a supervised experience for your child’s Google Account, you can block channels for them on YouTube. You’ll need to use your linked parent account to block channels.

Blocking YouTube channels on supervised accounts

Notes:

  • If your child uses the same Google Account for YouTube and YouTube Kids, any channels blocked on YouTube will also be blocked on YouTube Kids.
  • Blocking a channel only blocks content uploaded to that specific channel. It doesn’t block videos that are reuploaded on other channels, or similar channels with related content.

Block specific channels from YouTube using your linked parent account

 To block a specific channel from YouTube on your computer:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel you want to block.
  2. Go to the About tab on the channel page.
  3. Click Report user .
  4. Select Block channel for kids. This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  5. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Click CONTINUE.
  6. Select BLOCK next to the child you’d like to block this channel for.
  7. BLOCK will change to UNBLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  8. Click DONE.

To block a specific channel from the YouTube app:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel you want to block.
  2. Tap More .
  3. Tap Block channel for kids. This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  4. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Tap CONTINUE.
  5. Tap BLOCK next to the child you’d like to block this channel for.
  6. BLOCK will change to UNBLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  7. Tap Done .

You can also block content directly in YouTube Kids on your child’s device.

Unblock content from YouTube

If you change your mind about a channel you’ve blocked, you can clear it in YouTube using your linked parent account.

Unblock individual channels from YouTube using your linked parent account

 To unblock individual channels from YouTube, using your linked parent account:

​On a computer:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel you want to unblock.
  2. Go to the About tab on the channel page.
  3. Click Report user .
  4. Select Block channel for kids.This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  5. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Click CONTINUE.
  6. Select UNBLOCK next to the child you’d like to unblock this channel for.
  7. UNBLOCK will change to BLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  8. Click DONE.

In the YouTube app:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel you want to unblock.
  2. Tap More .
  3. Tap Block channel for kids. This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  4. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Tap CONTINUE.
  5. Tap UNBLOCK next to the child you’d like to unblock this channel for.
  6. UNBLOCK will change to BLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  7. Tap DONE.

You can also unblock content directly in YouTube Kids on your child’s device.

Unblock all content from YouTube using your linked parent account

 To unblock all videos and channels from YouTube, using your linked parent account:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
    1. If you’re on a computer, select Manage settings for your kids, next to “Parent Settings.”
  5. Select your child.
  6. Under GENERAL SETTINGS, click Unblock videos.
  7. A pop-up may surface alerting you that all content you’ve blocked in YouTube and YouTube Kids will be unblocked. Select UNBLOCK.

You can also unblock content directly in YouTube Kids on your child’s device.

Sign in to YouTube Kids to customize content

Block content from YouTube Kids

When you block a video or channel in YouTube Kids, you won't find it when you're signed in. If you try to block a video while signed out, a dialog will open asking you to sign in.

You can also report videos that you find inappropriate in YouTube Kids. The YouTube policy team will review the videos.

YouTube Kids: How to block videos

Block content from YouTube Kids

 You can block a video from the home screen:

  1. Tap More next to the video.

  2. Tap Block this video .

  3. Enter the numbers that show on the screen, or enter your custom passcode.

You can block a video or channel from the watch page:

  1. Tap More at the top of the video.
  2. Tap BLOCK .
  3. In the dialog that opens, select Block this video onlyor select Block entire channel to block the channel associated with the video.
  4. Tap BLOCK.
  5. Enter the numbers that show on the screen, or enter your custom passcode.

You can also block channels from YouTube, using your linked parent account.

Unblock content from YouTube Kids

If you change your mind about a video or channel you’ve blocked, you can clear it in Settings. If you sign out of YouTube Kids, any content you’ve blocked while signed in will be available when you sign out.

Unblock content with the YouTube Kids app

  1. Sign in to the YouTube Kids app.
  2. Go to Settings .
  3. Under “Privacy,” tap Unblock videos.
  4. Tap YES, UNBLOCK.

You can also unblock content from YouTube, using your linked parent account.

Note: If you're using YouTube Kids with Family Link, you can also unblock videos in the Family Link settings. Learn more.

YouTube Premium

You can sign in to the YouTube Kids app to turn on YouTube Premium benefits in the app. First you’ll need a YouTube Premium membership on your own Google Account. Then you can associate your YouTube Premium membership with the YouTube Kids app.

Turn on YouTube Premium benefits in YouTube Kids

To associate your YouTube Premium membership with the YouTube Kids app:

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app on your mobile device.
    • If you’re signing in for the first time, you’ll be asked to confirm your birth year.
  2. Sign in with your Google Account that has YouTube Premium.
    • If the account with your YouTube Premium membership is already signed in to a Google app on this device, select it from the account picker. If not, tap Add an account to this device and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in with your Google Account.
    • If you haven’t previously set up YouTube Kids and created kid profiles using this account, you’ll need to do so.
  3. YouTube Premium member benefits will now be ready to use in the YouTube Kids app on this device. Premium features, such as background play or offline videos, can be turned on or off for your child. You can also select the amount of video content your child can store on the device.

If watch and search history are turned on for your child, it’s limited to the YouTube Kids app on that device. Your child’s watch and search history will not be linked to your Google Account.

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